Does a Latin textbook need to be updated?
Critics say they understand why biology and accounting textbooks need frequent updating, by why algebra or ancient languages?
Unnecessary updates are “one of the biggest driving factors behind the high costs of textbooks,” says Merriah Fairchild, higher education advocate at the California Public Interest Research Group.
Wheelock’s Latin textbook includes many more photos and maps than in the original version, published 50 years ago.
Readings feature fewer battlefield dispatches and more emphasis on women and everyday life. There is even a dirty poem by Catullus.
Wheelock’s also has a Web site, e-mail discussion groups and, soon, online audio recordings.
A new version comes out about every five years.